1. Sri Lanka beat India, 1979
In 1979, Sri Lanka were still an associate member of the ICC and were the two non-Test playing nations taking part in the competition.
They had lost all their three matches in the inaugural edition in 1975 and in their opening game four years later, they went down tamely by nine wickets to New Zealand.
Their match against West Indies was washed out thanks to rain and it was a battle for the wooden spoon in the group when they took on India who had lost both their games against West Indies and New Zealand.
India were, however, firm favourites against their neighbours who had yet to win a World Cup match. Put in to bat, Sri Lanka scored 238 for five in 60 overs - thanks to valuable contributions from Siddath Wettimuny (67), Roy Dias (50) and Duleep Mendis (64).
It was a target not beyond Indiaâs batting strength but rain ruled out further play on the Saturday and when the match resumed on Monday, India found runs hard to come by against accurate bowling and keen fielding.
Openers Sunil Gavaskar (26) and Anshuman Gaekwad (33) gave them a good start putting on 60 runs and Dilip Vengsarkar chipped in with 36. But medium pacer Tony Opatha and leg spinner Somachandra de Silva not only bottled up the middle and late order but also took wickets at regular intervals.
They finished with three wickets each as India slid to 191 all out in the 55th over - an embarrassing 47-run defeat at the end.
In Image: July 1979: In this file photo Sunil Gavaskar of India batting during the first Test against England
Text: Partab Ramchand
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